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connartist
#1 Posted : Sunday, January 14, 2007 5:54:14 AM
Wang Tao



Joined: 10/1/2006
Posts: 1,744
Location: Melbourne

 
On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament Building is an American flag.

Barbie’s measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.

No word in the English language rhymes with month.

Canada is an Indian word meaning “Big Village”.

The word ‘byte’ is a contraction of ‘by eight.’

Cat’s urine glows under a blacklight.

The average ear of corn has eight-hundred kernels arranged in sixteen rows.

The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.

Chrysler built B-29’s that bombed Japan, Mitsubishi built Zeros that tried to shoot them down. Both companies now build cars in a joint plant call Diamond Star.

Almonds are members of the peach family.

The symbol on the “pound” key (#) is called an octothorpe.

Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain was born on a day in 1835 when

Haley’s Comet came into veiw. When He died in 1910, Haley’s Comet came into view again.

Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intraveinously

Ohio is listed as the 17th state in the U.S., but technically it is number 47.

Until August 7, 1953, congress forgot to vote on a resolution to admit

Ohio to the Union.

The volume of the Earth’s moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean

Ingrown toenails are hereditary.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.

The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

Only humans and horses have hymens.

The word “set” has more definitions than any other word in the English language.

The ‘y’ in signs reading “ye olde..” is properly pronounced with a ‘th’ sound, not ‘y’. The “th” sound does not exist in Latin, so ancient Roman occupied (present day) England use the rune “thorn” to represent “th” sounds. With the advent of the printing press the character from the Roman alphabet which closest resembled thorn was the lower case “y”.

“Underground” is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters “und.”

A full seven percent of the entire Irish barley crop goes to the production of Guinness beer.

If you toss a penny 10000 times, it will not be heads 5000 times, but more like 4950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.

The little bags of netting for gas lanterns (called ‘mantles’) are radioactive-so much so that they will set of an alarm at a nuclear reactor.

The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English
Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.

The longest place-name still in use is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a New Zealand hill.

Los Angeles’s full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula” and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, “L.A.”

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear

An ostrich’s eye is bigger than it’s brain.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

In most advertisments, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.

The Mongol emperor Genghis Khan’s original name was Temujin.

Telly Savalas and Louis Armstrong died on their birthdays.

Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

When two words are combined to form a single word (e.g., motor + hotel = motel, breakfast + lunch = brunch) the new word is called a “portmanteau.”

The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint - no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers.

Steely Dan got their name from a sexual device depicted in the book ‘The Naked Lunch’.

Bob Dylan’s real name is Robert Zimmerman.

Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

The Ramses brand condom is named after the great phaoroh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.

Canola oil is actually grapeseed oil but the name was changed in Canada for marketing reasons.

When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home, the stadium becomes the state’s third largest city.

Duelling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

A pig’s orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.

A pig’s penis is shaped like a corkscrew.

A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.

The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The frog throws up its stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of it’s mouth.
Then the frog uses it’s forearms to dig out all of the stomach’s contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.

A baby eel is called an elver, a baby oyster is called a spat.

It was illegal to sell ET dolls in France because there is a law against selling dolls without human faces.

Montana mountain goats will butt heads so hard their hooves fall off.

Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.

The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

Moon was Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name. (Buzz Aldrin was the second man on the moon in 1969.)

In 1963, baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry remarked, “They’ll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run.” On July 20, 1969, a few hours after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Gaylord Perry hit his first, and only, home run.

The male gypsy moth can “smell” the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away.

In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

Reindeer milk has more fat than cow milk.

The original fifty cent piece in Australian decimal currency had around $2.00 worth of silver in it before it was replaced with a less expensive twelve sided coin.

Alexander the Great was an epileptic.

The name for Oz in the “Wizard of Oz” was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “Oz.”

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

The saying “it’s so cold out there it could freeze the balls off a brass monkey” came from when they had old cannons like ones used in the Civil War. The cannonballs were stacked in a pyramid formation, called a brass monkey. When it got extremely cold outside they would crack and break off… Thus the saying.

Horses cannot vomit.

Rabbits cannot vomit.

S.O.S. doesn’t stand for “Save Our Ship” or “Save Our Souls” — It was just chosen by an 1908 international conference on Morse Code because the letters S and O were easy to remember and just about anyone could key it and read it, S = dot dot dot, O = dash dash dash..

Pocahontas appeared on the back of the $20 bill in 1875.

When a female horse and male donkey mate, the offspring is called a mule, but when a male horse and female donkey mate, the offspring is called a hinny.

A donkey will sink in quicksand but a mule won’t.

John Lennon’s first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.

A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

Woodpecker scalps, porpoise teeth and giraffe tails have all been used as money.

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

The average garden variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.

Certain frogs can be frozen solid then thawed, and continue living.

One of the many Tarzans, Karmuela Searlel, was mauled to death on the set by a raging elephant.

Some biblical scholars believe that Aramaic (the language of the ancient Bible) did not contain an easy way to say “many things” and used a term which has come down to us as 40. This means that when the bible — in many places - refers to “40 days,” they meant many days.

Napoleon constructed his battle plans in a sandbox.

‘Strengths’ is the longest word in the English language with just one vowel.

‘Stewardesses’ is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

When a giraffe’s baby is born it falls from a height of six feet, normally without being hurt.

Virgina Woolf wrote all her books standing.

To “testify” was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles.

Stalin was only five feet, four inches tall.

Stalin’s left foot had webbed toes, and his left arm is noticably shorter than his right.

Tomb robbers believed that knocking Egyptian sarcophagi’s noses off would forestall curses.

The allele for six fingers and toes is dominant in humans. (Watch out Inigo Montoya…)

Medieval knights put sharkskin on their swordhandles to give them a more secure grip; they would dig the sharp scales into their palms.

Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark’s stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

The only planet without a ring is earth.

Wayne’s World was filmed in two weeks.

If you feed a seagull Alka-Seltzer, its stomach will explode.

A group of unicorns is called a blessing.

Twelve or more cows are known as a “flink.”

A group of frogs is called an army.

A group of rhinos is called a crash.

A group of kangaroos is called a mob.

A group of officers is called a mess.

A group of owls is called a parliament.

Starfish don’t have brains.

Shrimps’ hearts are in their heads.

The derivation of the word trivia comes from the Latin “tri-” + “via”, which means three streets. This is because in ancient times, at an intersection of three streeets in Rome (or some other Italian place), they would have a type of kiosk where ancillary information was listed. You might be interested in it, you might not, hence they were bits of “trivia.”

Now you know.

bigmaxi
#2 Posted : Monday, January 15, 2007 4:22:10 AM
Brian Lara



Joined: 12/8/2005
Posts: 3,374

 
i actually knew the one about duelling in paraguay. i list it as my most useless bit of trivia on my profile on my footy clubs website

Knowledge is power, ignorance is death
Rex Oedipus
#3 Posted : Monday, January 15, 2007 5:08:37 PM
Nadia Comanesci



Joined: 1/14/2007
Posts: 491
Location: London

 
When a female horse and male donkey mate, the offspring is called a mule, but when a male horse and female donkey mate, the offspring is called a hinny


What is the offspring of a mule and a hinny called?

"In gambling the many must lose in order that the few may win"
Slouch
#4 Posted : Wednesday, January 17, 2007 2:58:00 AM
Barack Obama



Joined: 8/30/2006
Posts: 18,367
Location: Frankston

 
The longest place-name still in use is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a New Zealand hill.




I know because I did all their signwriting LOL Chuckle
whitestrokes433
#5 Posted : Wednesday, January 17, 2007 3:08:01 AM
Jean Louis Ravello



Joined: 9/27/2005
Posts: 2,690
Location: Flint, MI

 
"Rex Oedipus"
When a female horse and male donkey mate, the offspring is called a mule, but when a male horse and female donkey mate, the offspring is called a hinny


What is the offspring of a mule and a hinny called?


Nothing, a mule can not procreate

Benny J
#6 Posted : Wednesday, January 17, 2007 4:12:01 AM
Mal Meninga



Joined: 1/27/2006
Posts: 1,503
Location: E-Town, Australia

 
A few of these are repeats....but some interesting stuff here!!

"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and "lollipop" with your right.
(Bet you tried this out mentally, didn't you?)


No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "MT".
(Are you doubting this?)

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.
(Now, you KNOW you're going to try this out for accuracy, right?)

The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).
(Yep, I knew you were going to "do" this one.)

There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
(You're not doubting this, are you?)

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."
(Yes, admit it, you are going to say . A e I o u.)

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
(All you typists are going to test this out.)


A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
(Some days that's about what my memory span is)

A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

A snail can sleep for three years.
(I know some people that could do this, too.)

Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

If the population of China walked past you, 8 abreast, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.


Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.


Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite!

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for
Each gallon of diesel that it burns.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
(Good thing he did that.)

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls Froze completely solid.

There are more chickens than people in the world.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Now you know everything!

UnitedRedskin
#7 Posted : Wednesday, January 17, 2007 8:54:21 PM
Ellen McCarthur



Joined: 9/14/2006
Posts: 502
Location: London / Manchester

 
"connartist"
No word in the English language rhymes with month.


What if you have a lisp and you say cunts?

sailingdom
#8 Posted : Thursday, January 18, 2007 10:44:54 AM
Tim Henman



Joined: 9/21/2005
Posts: 74
Location: All at sea

 
"UnitedRedskin"
"connartist"
No word in the English language rhymes with month.


What if you have a lisp and you say cunts?


LOL Laughing
Slouch
#9 Posted : Friday, January 19, 2007 4:21:40 AM
Barack Obama



Joined: 8/30/2006
Posts: 18,367
Location: Frankston

 
What if you have a lisp and you say cunts?




or your mrs has punched you for saying
"its that time of the month and her c**** bleeding"
connartist
#10 Posted : Friday, February 09, 2007 11:59:13 AM
Wang Tao



Joined: 10/1/2006
Posts: 1,744
Location: Melbourne

 
Some more:

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

A snail can sleep for three years.

All Polar bears are left-handed.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.

Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, dogs only have about ten.

China has more English speakers than the United States.

Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.

I am. is the shortest complete sentence in the English language

If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.

If you keep a goldfish in a dark room, it will eventually turn white.

If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.

In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

Marilyn Monroe had six toes.

Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.

On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in the '30s lobbied against hemp farmers, they saw it as competition.

Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.

Shakespeare invented the word "assassination" and "bump."

Some lions mate over 50 times a day.

The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

The average human eats eight spiders in their lifetime at night.

The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds.

The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off.

The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.

The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan."

The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.

The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.

The word racecar and kayak are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left.

There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

You are more likely to be killed by a Champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.

You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.

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